As a frequent patron of Casa Escobar, I have to deal with the left turn arrow, southbound at Malibu Pier, to turn into their parking lot. This light is one of those ridiculous things that simply must be changed, but to get Cal Trans to respond to the timing of one traffic signal is a monumental task. PROBLEM: The turn arrow remains red, as PCH is at a dead stop and the Malibu Pier light is green, indicating to pedestrians, they can safely cross PCH. I sit in my car, waiting in the left turn lane, gazing at a red turn arrow, for pedestrians to cross in front of my car. Then my arrow goes green, signaling my turn can proceed... but wait... those pedestrians are now walking in front of the driveway I'm turning into. I have to stop, sticking out into the street in an incomplete turn until they pass. Now the light for PCH turns green, signaling the oncoming traffic to go. The cars are chomping at the bit to come straight at me as I encourage people to pass quickly on the sidewalk so I can complete my turn and get out of their way. This is so crazy with such a simple solution. Let the cars turn left at the same time the pedestrians are crossing... at that same time all the cars on PCH are stopped. Cal Trans had no idea what they created when they created this timing. I have submitted a request at http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/maint/msrsubmit. The more people who call, or submit a request online, the more likely they will press a couple of buttons and fix this oddity at the Malibu Pier.
District Director - CARRIE BOWEN
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